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How to watch Tar Heels in the NFL: Week 7

The UNC alumni in the NFL will look to follow up a strong Week 6

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Week 6 was a landmark week for several of the NFL’s Tar Heel alumni. Mitch Trubisky had his first win, leading a game-winning drive to boot. Connor Barth sealed said win with a field goal. Julius Peppers became the first NFL player ever with 150 sacks and 10 interceptions with yet another sack, keeping him in the NFL’s top 5 for this season (below four guys who, combined, have played only 50% more games than Peppers by himself). This week, several others return to action after a bye week, while those who played will try to capitalize on their success.

Tar Heels on Bye:

The Detroit Lions and Houston Texans will be on bye this week. Tight end Eric Ebron and defensive back Des Lawrence will be off for the Lions.

1:00 PM Sunday:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills (FOX): Wide receiver Brandon Tate got his first targets of the season against Cincinnati in Week 5, getting some snaps as a result of the Bills’ increasingly depleted receiving corps. With Jordan Matthews’ availability uncertain and tight end Charles Clay out, Tate should be quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s third option at worst.

Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings (CBS): Offensive guard James Hurst continues to protect Joe Flacco’s blind side.

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams (FOX): Robert Quinn will try to add to his sack total against the Cardinals and get his team back to their winning ways against a division rival. On the other side, Kareem Martin continues his duty backing up the Cardinals’ outside linebackers.

Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears (CBS): This matchup will leave many Tar Heel fans conflicted (myself included), as Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will take on the Carolina Panthers, the hometown professional team of Trubisky’s alma mater. Kicker Connor Barth is also a Bear. On the other side, Julius Peppers will try to move up to 4rd on the all-time sack leader list, which he would do with more than a half sack on Sunday.

Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns (CBS): Safety Da’Norris Searcy and nose tackle Sylvester Williams will try and help get the Titans back on track against the hapless Browns.

Check the viewing maps to see what games you’ll get at 1 PM in your local market:

4:30 PM Sunday

Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers (FOX): Ryan Switzer will continue to return punts and kicks for the Cowboys. We’ll see how much longer it takes for him to take one to the house. See above FOX map for broadcast information.

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers (CBS): Starting safety Tre Boston has had his ups and downs this season for the Chargers, but playing a not-great quarterback and a depleted WR corps could be good for him.

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS): While Gio Bernard’s role as running back has largely been usurped by rookie Joe Mixon, he still serves as a valuable change of pace for the Bengals. Russell Bodine continues to hold down the fort at center despite Andy Dalton’s horrific start to the season.

Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants (CBS): The Giants’ much-maligned offensive line should give defensive tackle Nazair Jones an opportunity to feast for the Seahawks.

The CBS late game map is below:

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8:30 PM Monday

Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN): Zach Brown has been having an excellent year for Washington at the inside linebacker position, averaging 10 tackles a game. He’ll look to continue this in an important divisional matchup. Mack Hollins has just 5 targets on the season so far, but has caught all 5 for 70 yards and 4 first downs, in addition to making plays on special teams. It shouldn’t be long before he starts getting more time as a receiver.